It has been almost a week since HeroesCon ended and I have had a bit of time to decompress before heading into all the commissions that have come in. Looking back at it, it was an amazing con. I only do around one con a year and it is typically Heroes, however, I am thinking that after 8 years, I might want to try and build my brand a bit. I am looking to do a couple more year over year. Here are some pics of pieces I did and the show and a pic of a Conan I did for my favorite Conan artist, Cary Nord.
Coming on the second week of Feb and work has been busy. My carving work hasn’t been too busy due to my regular job. There has been nothing better than getting home and hanging with the kids until they go to bed and hitting the sheets myself shortly after. Although I haven’t been doing a ton of work I have been able to get a few things accomplished.
I had a Batman commission to do and he turned out pretty cool.
I also had a suggestion to do some characters from the Mortal Kombat video game and was able to do Sub-Zero and Scorpion. I would love to do more video game characters and was a genre I never thought to look at.
That was it for the past few weeks! I am hoping to get some things done this week after I get over this oncoming sickness. I have decided to start to do some more bottle stoppers. I have gotten quite a few requests for some so I guess it will be back to carving small pieces.
The holidays are done and it is officially back to work. It gets tougher to finish projects with a job but I was get a few things done over my time off.
The first is a piece inspired by the Hawkman book from writerRobert Venditti and art by Bryan Hitch. This book is so much fun and Hitch’s wide art style makes it even better. I can’t capture the scope of the world that Hitch has created but it turned out pretty good. He is hand carved from basswood and the dimensions are 2″ wide and 6″ tall.
I will upload more of my vacation pieces throughout the week.
The comics I bought last week were Conan book by writer Jason Aaron and artist Mahmud A. Asur and the first three issues of Black Badge (that I found on sale for 89 cents each!!!) by writer Matt Kindt and art by Tyler Jenkins. I really liked Black Badge. There is something about Kindt’s style that pulls me in. I have been a fan for a long time. I believe I had set an unrealistic expectation for Conan. Aaron is a great writer and it would be unfair for me to judge his Conan run on the first issue so I am going to reread it and reserve judgement for another few issues.
Last week was a really productive week. So much so, I completely forgot to do a blog. I finished a bunch of commissions that included a Judge Dredd, Allen the Alien, and a Moon Knight.
I also finished carving five 2″ Batmen (Batmans?). They will be part of a bigger project that I am hoping will be done over the next week or two. Details to follow…..
This coming week proves to be just as busy as last week. I am going to continue on the super secret project by carving five Hulk heads and hopefully start on the remaining characters for that SSP. (Super Secret Project) I am also going to finish dinosaur pieces for my bro Markisan. They aren’t that hard to do but have proven to be difficult to get done. I am also carving a Thor that I will be gifting to someone that I will reveal when it is done. The last thing for the week will be a totem pole that I have been commissioned by a person that wanted his original characters carved in that style. I have so much to do and work has proven to get in the way of all the time that I want to use to carve. STUPID WORK!!!! I also have two pieces that I have been waiting a long time to finish for someone but the request came at a time that I wasn’t doing to well in my personal life. I hope he will understand.
I am still plugging away after a very relaxing/work filled weekend. I have finished a couple of projects over the last week and have a full slate this week. First let’s take a look at the accomplished one.
This is a recent totem pole that will be making into the store when I remember how to do it. It is Avengers themed and goes in top to bottom order as follows: Captain America, Thor, Iron Man, Black Panther, Vision, and Hawkeye. Awesome piece to do and am looking for ideas for my next one.
Next is Dr. Fate. I honestly don’t know much about this cat but again was a nice change of pace from my usual pieces.
Next is one of my favorite characters Atomic Robo. I LOVE this guy and had tried him multiple times before but was never happy with how he turned out. This one is different. I like him!!!
The last pieces are ones that I did for Jeremy Haun and are characters from his book The Realm. From left to right are Ben, Rook, and Jonny Eldritch. I could not have been more pumped to do these for a friend and show him support.
For the upcoming week I have quite a few pieces that I am looking to get done. I am looking to do solo pieces of Black Panther and Vision and I have a few commissions to get done. Moon Knight, pieces for my friends’ book Voracious, and an Obi-Wan. Should be a crazy week. We shall talk soon!